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IEBC official warns against election malpractice

09 October 2013, 13:37 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The IEBC returning officer in Limuru constituency, Nice Tobiko, has called on voters and contestants in the upcoming by-elections to strictly observe the electoral Code of Conduct.

Speaking to a local radio station, Tobiko said engaging in any electoral irregularities would attract punitive measures to both the aspirant and the voter.

"It is important that residents and candidates going to ballot in the eight scheduled by-elections on October 17 adhere to the laid down electoral Code of Conduct not to waste more of the taxpayers' money and time in case the by-election results are again challenged in the Court of Law," warned Tobiko.

"The contesting candidates should not bribe voters, destroy their opponents' posters, use abusive or inciting language and should strictly campaign within the set period because if they fail they will be barred from contesting and consequently face prosecution. Voters too should adhere to the law, shunning bribe, double voting or being used to attack opponents and influencing others from voting for the candidate of their choice," she added.

Tobiko said said that unlike in the past when election petitions took a long time to be resolved, today the process is fast enabling petitioned electoral units to catch up with others in economic development and service delivery to the residents.

She urged voters in the electoral units going to the ballot in the scheduled by-elections to confirm their registration status in their respective polling stations to avoid being locked out in the exercise that will determine the future of their regions.

Tobiko said that the polling stations will be opened at 6 O'clock as usual and closed at 5 O'clock in the evening hence registered voters should turn up on time since those not on the queue before closing time would not be allowed to vote unless there is an extension on the voting time as a result of delay in the opening.

For illiterate and incapacitated voters, Tobiko said that they will get the proper assistance either by  the assigned IEBC official or their chosen kins.

The October 17 by-elections will be conducted in Siaya County (gubernatorial seat after the nullification of Paul Rasanga's election in a petition), the Kibwezi and Matungulu constituencies (Parliamentary seats in Makueni and Machakos Counties respectively), and four County Assembly Wards (Benane in Wajir South, Kahawa Sukari in Nairobi, Munagei in Garissa and Ilima in Makueni).  

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